Welcome to the POA Board Election information page.
Important Election Dates
October 24 2019: POA Candidates Forum will be hosted by the HOA from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Community Church of Tellico Village.
November 3, 2019: Election officially opens at 12:01 a.m.
November 21, 2019: Polls close at noon. Ballots (Electronic and Paper) must be received by VoteNet by 12:00 p.m. EST.
November 22, 2019: Official announcement of election results begins at 2:00 p.m. Election Committee sends report of results to the Board of Directors for certification.
To see the full 2019 Board Election Calendar, please click here.
Starting November 3rd, click on the button below to cast your vote.
Meet the Candidates
My wife, Carol, and I moved to Tellico Village 3 years ago. I retired after 36 years at Marathon Petroleum Company where I was an active leader in Technology. I have many years of experience negotiating contracts, strategic planning, project management and developing/managing budgets that can be effectively applied to the POA Board. I was also a Board member of a non-profit organization, A Kid Again, for 8 years.
I am currently President of New Villagers, an organization that I believe sets Tellico Village apart from other retirement destinations. What a great way to get engaged in the community and make new friends! I am also active in our church where I am a cantor and sing in the choir…come see us sometime at St Thomas! My wife and I are living the active lifestyle that drew us to Tellico in the first place…we love to golf, boat and jet ski, play pickleball, hike, work out at the Wellness Center and participate in several wine and play groups. We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful and amenity-filled community and I want to do my part in continuing to improve this ‘piece of paradise’ we are blessed to call home.
I am running for the POA Board because I believe there are opportunities to draw us all closer together to a common purpose:
• sustaining the first-class amenities we enjoy today
• adding amenities where warranted
• ensuring our infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, buildings) is maintained and adequate for a growing population
• without raising monthly fees more than necessary.
I believe we can improve operational transparency with better communication so residents are informed and have input to board decisions. With the updated Long Range Plan being submitted later this year, we need sound business cases for capital project approvals as well as strong project management processes to keep projects on time and budget.
Why I am running: I am committed to keeping our community vibrant, thriving, healthy and competitive across all benchmarking standards. I will take a balanced approach for evaluating future growth, maintaining property value and offering amenities that set our community apart and make us a highly desirable place to call home. We must plan well for our current and future infrastructure needs as we continue to grow. I will apply fiscal responsibility that employs a balanced approach using debt as appropriate while building reserves.
Background: My husband Mark and I bought property in Tellico Village in 2005 and built our home in 2014. We enjoy the range of amenities our Village has to offer; boating, golf, incredible clubs and of course our fellow Villagers. We’re lucky to have our son Andrew, who is an Athletics Media Relations Director for the University of Tennessee, living nearby in Knoxville.
Community Involvement: I have been actively involved in our community since our arrival in 2014. In that year we became members of the HOA and New Villagers’. I joined the New Villagers’ Activity committee that I led in 2016. In 2018, I served as the HOA President, after holding VP Social and VP Program positions. As Past President I am the HOA liaison to the POA Long Range Planning and Architectural Control Committees as well as the Lenoir City Committee of 100. I am VP of the 250+ member Illinois Club.
Professional Experience: I have 30+ years’ experience managing projects and programs that provided new and enhanced functionality across a $20 billion global health care corporation. The professional and community leadership skills that I successfully developed, are the same that I will apply to represent Villagers on the Tellico Village POA Board.
A native of upstate New York, I have lived with Mike, my husband of 37 years, in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. We moved to Tellico Village from Florida in February of 2017.
I was elected to the city council of a small Florida coastal city for two terms and was twice selected as Vice Mayor by the council. In this capacity, I dealt with the fiscal, personnel, and infrastructure issues of a community similar in size to Tellico Village. I also served on several inter-governmental boards and committees dealing with regional issues such as the routing of power transmission lines and an expressway bypass, the establishment of minimum flow levels for district water sources, and negotiations for the adoption of a nature refuge involving several state and federal agencies as well as private landowners. In addition, I received a gubernatorial appointment to the local county hospital board.
This experience has given me management and leadership skills that I would bring to the POA Board of Directors. I have the ability to gather information, listen to opposing arguments, make objective evaluations, and seek consensus in resolving contentious issues.
I have always served my community in various civic organizations. As a resident of Tellico Village, I have continued to do so. I am Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Responder with the TV Volunteer Fire Department, and have served as Vice Chairman of the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee. I volunteer for A Thyme for Herbs garden club and am a graduate of the Loudon County Sheriff Citizens’ Academy.
Steve Schneider (Incumbent)
My wife Debbie and I have been residents of the Village for the past three years enjoying retirement. Debbie is an avid Mahjong player and as a member of the MGA, I am on one of our fine golf courses several times each week. Over the past nineteen months, I have had the pleasure of representing the property owners of the Village as a POA Board Member. I have remained true to my commitments of assuring the operational security of our infrastructure, maintaining our existing amenities and supporting the development of a long-term strategic plan. Over the past nineteen months, the POA has completed assessments of our 110 miles of roads, water system and sewer systems to identify critical issues to be addresses to assure operational security. The Wellness Center has a new dehumidification system and a new roof will be installed later this year. Two new facilities will be completed by year end with the Kahite Community Center commissioned in August and the Toqua Clubhouse scheduled to open in November. A new water tank will be required to be built in 2020 to improve the water pressure in the Village along with continued preservation of our road surfaces. In addition to the on-going maintenance of our amenities, our reserve funds must be rebuilt to fiscally responsible levels. The POA needs directors who have the necessary skill sets to effectively prioritize and direct the POA General Manager to meet the needs of the property owners.
My 35-year career with Alcoa and Century Aluminum included various operations finance, procurement and executive management position as the SVP Chief Accounting Officer for a $1.5 billion public company. My responsibilities included financial planning and analysis, internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, procurement, and capital project management.